As Salaam Alaikum my question I was debating someone on pal talk it has chat room claiming to be an Ex Muslim anyways he was claiming that Saladin during the Crusades massacred non combatants in a battle or wars for a city or area called Mosul and Gaza and did the same to a city because they would not let him enter into a Castle now I just want to ask is this really true or out of context or atrocity propaganda I ask because the Pope claimed the samething in 1095 I know for a fact from reading Quran and Hadiths Islam teaches to not target non combatants in a war also Saladin went he entered Jerusalem he did not kill non muslim/christian non combatants he let people go and the poor paid no tax I read I have also heard some non muslims claim when the Ottoman Empire fought wars in Eastern Europe in middle ages or the 1500s whenever that they massacred non combatants also some say Muslims massacred non combatants when Muslims went into North Africa or India Iran that they killed over 80 million Hindus I would like to ask is all this just Collateral damage or
Anti Islam/Anti Muslim atrocity propaganda claims by non muslims thank you for your time ?
Atrocity stories are a time-honored technique of propagandists, particularly in war propaganda. It is with the Crusades that the study of atrocity propaganda in wartime began. Pope Urban II (c. 1035—1099), in a sermon given at Clermont in 1095, justified the war against Islam by claiming that the enemy had ravaged the churches of God in the Eastern provinces, circumcised Christian men, violated women, and carried out the most unspeakable torture before killing them. Urban’s sermon succeeded in mobilizing popular enthusiasm for the People’s Crusade.
Saladin and his troops entered Chastellet. By 30 August 1179, the Muslim invaders had pillaged the castle at Jacob’s Ford and killed most of its residents.
The Ottoman Empire
The Ottoman Empire was the one of the largest and longest lasting Empires in history.
It was an empire inspired and sustained by Islam, and Islamic institutions.
It replaced the Byzantine Empire as the major power in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Ottoman Empire reached its height under Suleiman the Magnificent (reigned 1520-66), when it expanded to cover the Balkans and Hungary, and reached the gates of Vienna.